Millennial Digital Parenting: Internet Mom - Cyber Dad

This blog reveals how technology has transformed the world of children’s education and entertainment, and shows millennial parents that such change is not to be feared!

As someone who works with children in an educational setting, I can honestly say that this blog is a must read for today's parents. In a time when parenting seems more challenging than ever!

My deep knowledge of the research and expertise in child psychology along with many years as a storyteller on social media make for a unique, important, and engaging perspective. With screens calling for our kids' attention everywhere they turn, it's hard to know how much screen time is "too much"

Moreover, the resources that are out there are frequently confusing, some people say that if you put a tablet in a child's hands they will instantly learn, while others claim we are raising brain dead zombies.

None of this jived with my own experience and more importantly with the extensive research I was learning about and conducting.

What is a Digital Parent?

"The digital parent is one who uses one or more of digital media applications/devices in his/her daily activities, particularly parenting. Digital parents play a key role in shaping how their children use the digital media; the parent being perhaps the first and most important mediator of digital use" - HuffPost

Helping parents and educators navigate the overwhelming landscape of opinions, research, facts, conversation, and misinformation surrounding the impact of media on children.

- Kids with tablets -

According to the ASD Digital Parenting Guidelines -

Customize Your Approach
  • Just as ASD spans a wide range of conditions, there’s no one size fits all when it comes to parenting on the spectrum.

Use Screens in Smaller Doses
  • Screentime is a stimulant to all children, but the ASD brain is more sensitive to stimulants.

Put the 'Education' into Educational Apps
  • Screen time can be beneficial and understanding which apps, games and websites are best for your child are crucial for enhanced learning.

Meet Them Where They Are
  • With children on the spectrum, it’s extra important to understand not just what they’re fi xated on, but why they fi nd it especially compelling.

Support Family Contracts with Tech Solutions
  • Naturally “unplugging” can be harder for children with ASD, so use technology to help make transitions smoother. 
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The objective nature of the research data enables you to realize that there is no need to overreact when it comes to children using technology, take my sound advice and willingness to share my experiences with my own children allow parents to have a better understanding of the dos and don'ts when dealing with kids in the digital world we live in.

This blog should be required reading for all parents who buy tech devices for their children.

​Which Type of Digital Parent Are You?

"According to a 2015 study conducted by Pew Research Center, 92% of teen internet users access online content daily, spending up to nearly 200 minutes online every day! That explains why so many young people have their faces stuck on various screens these days and why social media has such a huge impact on them.

- Digital Parenting Teaser -
While most parents agree that they need to play an active role in directing their children’s online lives, their approaches differ greatly. Alexandra Samuel, researcher and author of Work Smarter with Social Media, has mapped out 3 distinct digital parenting styles based on data gathered from more than 10,000 North American Parents. She suggests these three types of digital parents: limiters, enablers and mentors." -

This research is helping me make better parenting decisions about how to incorporate media into our lives. I hope you find it to be very informative, a pleasure to read, and also reassuring --

In conclusion I've listed the most up-to-date science on what we know about children, media, and technology into understandable and usable information for parents and others concerned with children's well-being.
- Digital Kid -

This has become one of my go-to resources when I want a quick and clear way to explain research findings, which can be confusing and sometimes contradictory.

I can't highly recommend this blog enough for its relevance to parents and researchers alike. I also appreciated that it does not take an alarmist tone, which many discussions of children and media veer into.


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